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  Saturday, 18 August, 2001, 13:08 GMT 14:08 UK
Boks escape last-gasp Larkham
Larkham launches his unsuccessful drop goal attempt
Larkham launches his unsuccessful drop goal attempt
Australia 14-14 South Africa

Australia failed to gain revenge for their defeat in South Africa three weeks ago, with Wallaby fly-half Stephen Larkham's drop goal drifting wide, deep into added time.

The Springboks withstood a second half onslaught from the world champion Wallabies, despite losing two men to the sin-bin.

With 77 minutes on the clock the Boks led by three, but a Matt Burke penalty pulled Australia level, setting up Larkham for his unsuccessful attempt to win the match.

South Africa were 8-3 up at half-time, with Mark Andrews storming over in the corner for a try, but Australia hit back with a second-half Nathan Grey try.

Playing in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Subiaco Oval, in Perth, Western Australia, the Wallabies took an early lead through a Burke penalty.

Larkham's frustration is clear after the ball drifts wide
Larkham's frustration is clear after the ball drifts wide
South Africa levelled matters through a Bram van Straaten penalty after 21 minutes, and the Boks took the lead through a stunning, if contentious, try from athletic second row Andrews.

Dean Hall intercepted a Burke chip and spread the ball to his right.

Joost van der Westhuizen carried the move on and fed the flying Conrad Jantjes.

The full back found Andrews in support and he crashed over in the corner, although replays suggested the giant lock might have put a foot in touch.

In the second half the Boks lost Butch James and captain Bobby Skinstad to the bin as the Wallabies poured on the pressure.

Burke and Van Straten exchanged penalties and the hosts finally drew level at 11-11 after 72 minutes, when Grey went over after a concerted Wallaby attack.

Almost immediately Van Straten's penalty took the Boks back to a three-point lead, but Burke slotted another penalty to level things at 14-14 after 78 minutes.

In injury time the Wallabies mounted one last attack, but Larkham's attempted match-winning drop goal drifted wide.


Teams:

Australia: 15-Matthew Burke, 14-Chris Latham, 13-Daniel Herbert, 12-Nathan Grey, 11-Joe Roff, 10-Stephen Larkham, 9-George Gregan, 8-Toutai Kefu, 7-George Smith, 6-Owen Finegan, 5-John Eales (capt), 4-Justin Harrison, 3-Rod Moore, 2-Michael Foley, 1-Nick Stiles.
Replacements: 16-Brendon Cannon, 17-Ben Darwin, 18-Matt Cockbain, 19-Phil Waugh, 20-Chris Whitaker, 21-Elton Flatley, 22-Graeme Bond

South Africa: 15-Conrad Jantjes, 14-Breyton Paulse, 13-Robbie Fleck, 12-Braam van Straaten, 11-Dean Hall, 10-Butch James, 9-Joost van der Westhuizen, 8-Bobby Skinstad (capt), 7-Andre Venter, 6-Andre Vos, 5-Mark Andrews, 4-Victor Matfield, 3-Cobus Visagie, 2-Lukas Van Biljon, 1-Robbie Kempson
Replacements: 16-John Smit, 17-Ollie le Roux, 18-Albert van den Berg, 19-Corne Krige, 20-Neil de Kock, 21-Deon Kayser, 22-Thinus Delport

Referee: Steve Walsh (New Zealand).

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